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TNA E-News May 2018


Australian Theatre Forum Discussion Paper
In response to evaluation and the opportunity provided by ATF’s inclusion in the new APAM model, TNA is undertaking targeted consultation to shift the ATF format. We commissioned a review, we have developed a Discussion Paper, and we are meeting with key stakeholders and members. If you would like to read the Discussion Paper and have a say, please email Nicole Beyer, Executive Director.

Results are in for TNA’s Indie Survey: THIS IS HOW WE DO IT
At the end of 2017, TNA conducted a ‘working trends’ survey to gather data that reflects the realities of making it as an independent artist or arts worker in Australia. Read the report here. We hope the findings provide solid provocation for discussion, evaluation, and benchmarking. Indies – read and share this resource with colleagues. Companies – start being the change! Invite an indie to sit on your board, offer informal mentoring, provide hot desks, and champion their work.

Event Wrap Up – Victorian Theatre Forum: In The Zone
Thank you to all who attended our state gathering at Arts Centre Melbourne last Wednesday. The event included an update outlining TNA’s current change agenda; we announced the inaugural recipient of TNA’s Indie SMASH Bursary – Katie Sfetkidis; keynote addresses by Timmah Ball & Azja Kulpińska and Neil Pharaoh were provocative and memorable. Event podcasts will follow. In the meantime, take a look at TNA’s 2017 Annual Report.


The Federal Budget 2018-19 disappointing for the Arts
This month’s federal budget has nothing in it to promote or invest in Australia’s arts sector. Our colleagues at Live Performance Australia and AMPAG have both published a brief commentary and analysis.

10 Jun – Sidney Myer Creative Fellowships close
The Sidney Myer Creative Fellowships provide tax-free grants of $160,000 over two years to individual artists, arts managers and thought leaders in the humanities. Applications close Sun 10 June 2018 AEST. Fellowship recipients will be announced in September. Read more.

16 May – TNN present HR Best Practices & Defamation Law Workshop TODAY!
In the wake of the #metoo movement, Theatre Network NSW (TNN) is hosting a practical session for artists and arts workers from 5pm – 7pm today (Wed 16 May) at Studio 1, ATYP, Pier 4/5 Hickson Road, Sydney, NSW. Free event, but please book. More info.

25 May – Call for applications – Stella Young Award – $3,000
Arts Access Victoria’s Stella Young Award invites applications from young Australian artists with disability (aged between 16 – 30) with demonstrated achievement in disability activism through their artistic practice. Applications close 25 May 2018.

28 May – Artist call out – Adhocracy with Vitalstatistix
Adhocracy is a national creative development hothouse. Experimental and multidisciplinary artists from around Australia join to create and converse in Port Adelaide over the first weekend of Spring. Apply by Mon 28 May. SA Artists can also apply for a residency with U.S First Nations dance artist Emily Johnson. Find out more.

17 May – AMP’s Tomorrow Fund – $5,000 – $100,000
Awarded to Australians doing great things, this unique grants program is open to individuals of all ages, walks of life and abilities. AMP is looking for talented Australians who need a financial boost to take it to the next level. Funding can cover a range of activities, including training, travel costs, living expenses, and research. Apps close 17 May.

22 May – Ian Potter Cultural Trust – Round 2 Artist Grants close
The Cultural Trust offers grants up to $10,000 to assist emerging and early career artists of exceptional talent to take up professional development opportunities, usually overseas. Round 2 applications close 2 May. More info.

Australia Council – Governance Program – $350
This national opportunity for arts organisations has two components – a full day workshop for small-medium organisations, and a webinar series. Click here for national workshop dates from May – September, and to keep an eye out for webinar dates.

31 May – ‘Midsumma Pathways’ professional development program
This Midsumma Festival initiative offers a new professional development program for queer artists with disability. The Midsumma Pathways program is for those wanting to deepen their creative practice and learn in a supportive artistic environment. Apply by 31 May 2018.

11 Jun – Artist Call Out – First Nations Commission – $20,000
Vitalstatistix is seeking proposals from Australian First Nations artists (solo artist or group) for a new commission. The selected work will premiere in TARNANTHI in 2019. Commission includes $20,000 fee, travel allowance; artist residency and professional support. Applications close Mon 11 June. Read more.

5 & 12 Jun – Australia Council for the Arts – Funding Opportunities and Deadlines
1. International Market Fund $5,000k – $30,000k available for artists and arts organisations to undertake international opportunities such as touring, research, collaboration. Apply by 12 June 2018. | 2. Career Development Grants for Individuals and Groups – Grants are from $5,000 – $25,000. Round closes 5 June for projects starting after 1 Sep 2018. | 3. Australia Council Fellowships of $80,000 support established artists’ creative activity and professional development for a period of up to two years. Apply by 5 June. | 4. Playing Australia – Regional Performing Arts Touring Fund supports performing arts to reach regional and remote communities across Australia by supporting costs associated with a national tour. Round closes 5 June.

NT Arts Grant Program – Professional Development Grants
Open to NT based artists and organisations. Examples of funded activity include workshops and training, participation in arts industry forums, national markets and showcasing events. Apply for up to $2,000 per financial year per applicant. Applications are ongoing. More info.

28 May – Apply now for a City of Melbourne Arts Grant
Open to artists of all disciplines, City of Melbourne arts grants offer up to $20,000 for project ideas. Grants are open Australia-wide, though the outcome of the work must occur in the City of Melbourne municipality. Applications close Mon 28 May.

Creative Partnerships Australia – Major Gifts Masterclasses
This full-day masterclass on incorporating major gifts into your fundraising strategy, will be held across May and June in Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney and Adelaide. Open to fundraising professionals, executives and CEOs within small, medium and major arts and cultural organisations.

18 May – Ausdance QLD – First Nations Dance Residency
Ausdance QLD is offering two First Nations dance residencies at the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts – an opportunity for dance practitioners or dance collectives to dedicate time and space to develop an idea. Applications close this Fri 18 May. More info.

24 May – Artist Call Out – Launchpad: NIDA Melbourne x Brunswick Mechanics Institute
Open to Melbourne-based artists, NIDA Launchpad is committed to providing a safe space for an independent artist, arts organisation or creative collective to workshop fresh ideas between 21 – 27 July 2018 at Nida Studios and Brunswick Mechanics Institute. Open to artists of all backgrounds. Submissions close 24 May.

18 May – Playlab: Alpha Processing program for QLD playwrights 
Open to Queensland based playwrights, this program is focussed on the early stages of developing a new work: from idea to first draft or a first to second draft. Receive dramatrugy, guidance, access to resources and a public playreading. Submissions close Fri 18 May. More info.

2 Jul – Council for Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (CHASS) – 2018 Australia Prizes
Nominations are open for: CHASS Australia’s Distinctive Work Prize ($3,500 cash prize for performance, exhibition, project or policy development) and the Future Leader Prize ($2,000 cash prize for achievement by an early career professional). Nominate yourself, a friend or colleague who has contributed to Australian cultural life. Entries close 2 July 2018.

25 May – Ausdance NSW’s Dance Artist in Residence Program (DAIR)
Artists and companies of any dance genre are invited to submit proposals for Round 2 of 2018. Activities may involve creative development, research, mentorships, rehearsal and remounts. Applicants should be NSW based and an Ausdance NSW member. Collaborators may be interstate or internationally based. Click here for residency info. Applications close 25 May.

Yellamundie National First Peoples Playwriting Festival 2019
Applications are now open for the 2019 Yellamundie National First Peoples Playwriting Festival, designed to identify, develop, and present new First Peoples playwriting that displays potential for further development and/or production. Send your application to by Fri 1 June 2018. Read about the festival here.

13 Jun – Accessible Arts and Bundanon Trust Artist-in-Residence Program
In partnership with Bundanon Trust, Accessible Arts is offering up to five places for a one-week research or development residency at the Bundanon property in NSW from 27 August to 3 September 2018. Applications are now open for New South Wales artists who have a lived experience of disability. Applications close 13 June 2018. More info.


15 Jun – Chamber Made artist residency for women – The Orange House by the Sea
Chamber Made has launched a new artist residency for mid-career women artists working across sound, performance and music. The 2-week residency (8 – 19 Oct 2018) comes with a $3,000 artist fee, access to a mentor, and financial contribution to child care if required. Applications close Fri 15 June. About the residency.

17 Jun – Darebin Arts Centre: Speakeasy Applications | Arts Partnership Initiative
Darebin has two opportunities on offer: 1. Apply now to present as part of Speakeasy from Jan 2019 – June 2020 at Northcote Town Hall and Darebin Arts Centre. Applications close Sun 17 June. 2. The Arts Partnership Initiative aims to create new partnerships that enable inclusive artistic collaborations within Darebin. Apply for either the Project Partnerships stream or Key Cultural Organisations stream. Funding requests for both streams is capped at $8,000. Apply by Sun 17 June.

11 Jun – Regional Arts Victoria’s Arts & Education and Connecting Places
RAV is now seeking EOIs for performance, workshop and residency-based work, as well as professional development opportunities that can be toured for regional creatives and teachers. Read the Arts & Education and Connecting Places submission guidelines and selection criteria to gain a better understanding of each program.

14 Jun – NIDAnights – $30
NIDAnights is an annual calendar of affordable workshops, masterclasses, performances and roundtables, presented in partnership with change-makers in the creative ecosystem of Melbourne. Hosted at NIDA Melbourne studios in Southbank each month. Check out upcoming events here.

Taking a stand against harassment in the creative industries
Creative Victoria is working with sector partners – including TNA – to promote and advance cultural change. A working group has been convened to focus on these issues and advise on any necessary policy changes and support mechanisms. View the list of representatives. Read Creative Victoria’s Respectful Workplaces resources.

VicHealth: ‘Calling it Out – Creating a Victorian culture that stands up to sexism’ – Free forum
This policy and practice forum will address bystander action – how individuals and organisations can identify, speak out or engage others in responding to incidents of sexism, harassment and discrimination. 9am – 1.30pm on Thur 31 May at Treasury Theatre, Macarthur Street, East Melbourne. Register here.

28 May – Last chance to register for Melbourne Fringe
Got an idea for a show? Melbourne Fringe is an open access festival running from 13 – 30 September 2018 across Melbourne. Registrations close 28 May. Read more.

Next Wave – Launch of Wild Tongue Vol. 2 – How Should an Artist Be? 
Victorian Theatre Forum keynote speakers, Timmah Ball and Azja Kulpińska, will launch their Zine, Wild Tongue, at Southbank Library on Sat 19 May, 2pm – 4pm. Tickets are free. More info. Next Wave Festival runs until Sun 20 May. Check out the full program which includes a range of free and accessible events.


10 Jun – Performance Space: Exchange Residency 2018 – Apply now
This new partnership between Performance Space and West Kowloon Cultural District (Hong Kong) offers an Australian artist working in experimental performance to expand their practice and networks in the Asia Pacific. The selected artist will travel to Hong Kong for a four-week exchange program. Applications close 10 June. About the residency.

30 Jun – Open call: Banyan Commune Artist Residency Project 2018-2019
The Banyan Commune welcomes proposals by local and international artists and collectives for bi-annual, month-long residencies at Guangdong Times Museum, Guangzhou, China. Residency includes accommodation, travel and production budget. Applications close 30 June. Read more.

1 Jun – Keith Bain Choreographic Travel Fellowship – $5,000
The biennial Keith Bain Choreographic Travel Fellowship supports international travel, study, and experiences by emerging choreographers (under 40yrs) across any dance genre. Apply by 1 June.

20 June – Call for Applications – Festival of Regions, Austria
Held from June 28 – July 7, 2019 in upper Austria, Festival of Regions invites applicants to apply under two categories: Projects (site-specific and participatory preferred) and Residencies (development of work to be presented at the 2019 festival). Apply by 20 June.

20 May – Call for participants: 8th World Summit on Arts & Culture 2019 – KL, Malaysia
Exploring the theme ‘Mobile Minds: Culture, Knowledge and Change’, the Summit is seeking participants for a range of roles: panellists and provocateurs, presenters and facilitators. Submissions are welcome from professionals working in the fields of arts, culture, creative and cultural industries. Deadline for proposals is 20 May. More info.


ASSITEJ – Beijing Artistic gathering
Registration for ASSITEJ Artistic Gathering 2018 in Beijing is now open. Held on 17 & 18 August, the theme for this year’s gathering is ‘Imagining the Future’. Register here.

Report: PAYPA at TYAsia in Tokyo
Jenny Wake from PAYPA (ASSITEJ New Zealand) represented Oceania at the TYAsia meeting in Tokyo in March this year. Her report on the meeting reflects the focus of the region and the collaborations and connections that are happening between Asian Pacific countries in TYA.

Sydney Forum – ‘Young People and The Arts’ at ATYP on Wed 30 May
This forum is now sold out. Join the waiting list here. This will be an important gathering for the sector in response to Sue Giles’ recent Platform Paper. If you are no longer able to attend, please contact us so that we can release your seat to someone else.

ASSITEJ Membership and Newsletter
Thank you to those who contributed to the international association membership fees to ensure TNA can continue as host secretariat. Sign up to the ASSITEJ newsletter to keep across international news and opportunities.


20 – 26 May – Women’s Circus Professional development and social circus opportunities
Women’s Circus in West Footscray is offering a range of free opportunities alongside resident artists from Circus Kathmandu. Social circus workshop on 20 May; professional development sessions from 22 – 24 May; and free circus workshops, pop-up performances, Nepalese food, music and more at the Nepal Australia Community Circus Day on 26 May. Connect with the Circus Kathmandu artists-in-residence, hear their stories, and try your hand at circus.

2 Jul – Flying Fruitfly Circus’ National Training Project – Apply Now
Train with Australia’s finest at the Flying Fruit Fly Circus annual National Training Project – a two-week winter training intensive from 2 – 13 July 2018 for anyone with a serious thirst for progression and development in multiple circus disciplines. Open to all ages, 12 and above. More info here.

1 Jun – Legs on the Wall – SPARK #4 Development Residency
SPARK #4 is a performance development residency supported by Legs On The Wall. Selected artists receive access to space, support of the Legs team and our venue resources, as well as the option to share their work with a group of invited peers and industry professionals.  Proposals are open for residencies of up to 5 days between 6 – 18 August, 2018. Apply before 1 June.


  • Respected performing arts leader Fiona Winning has been appointed to the new role of Head of Programming at Sydney Opera House.
  • Artistic Director of Playwriting Australia, Tim Roseman, announces his departure.
  • Queensland Theatre announces Amanda Jolly as new Executive Director.
  • Bryce Ives announced as Artistic Director of Theatre Works, commencing June 2018.
  • Tim Stitz to move on from his role as Creative Director and CEO of Chamber Made.
  • Sam Walsh as the next chair of the Australia Council for the Arts following Rupert Myer, whose term as chair concludes on 30 June.
  • Narda Shanley to finish up as Executive Director/Co-CEO of St Martins Youth Arts Centre.
  • Paige Rattray to depart Queensland Theatre and commence as Associate Director of Sydney Theatre Company at the end of May.
  • Michaela Coventry returns to Lucy Guerin Inc as Acting Executive Producer whilst Annette Vieusseux goes on maternity leave in mid-June.
  • Kerry Comerford announced as Executive Director for Ausdance National.
  • Vanessa Pigrum to finish up as Executive Producer of Chunky Move. Ann Tonks to commence as transitional ED from August, and Sarah Greentree to provide senior producing and international partnership expertise effective immediately.
  • Penny Harpham announced as Associate Director of Western Edge Youth Arts.
  • Alexandra Macalister-Bills to finish up as Education & Programs Manager of Arena Theatre Company.
  • Riverland Youth Theatre farewells Celeste Cody and welcomes Chris Bond as Artistic Director.
  • Sheah Sutton appointed as Executive Producer of Speak Percussion.
  • ActNow Theatre announces Yasmin Gurreeboo and Chiara Gabrielli as Associate Artists, Jane Howard as Development & Communications Manager, and Rhen Soggee as General Manager.
  • Vanessa Chapple appointed as Chair of the Australian Women Directors Alliance (AWDA)
  • Barking Gecko Theatre Company welcomes Aimee Hughes as Marketing and Development Coordinator and Michael Maclean as Production Manager.
  • New leader for the 2018/19 Arts Party announced – Barry Keldoulis; alongside other team changes.


It is with sadness that we announce the passing of legendary artist, leader, and Murrungun man, Tom E. Lewis. Coopers Malthouse will host an Acknowledgement Smoke Ceremony in his honour this Thursday 17 May at 11am, 113 Sturt St, Southbank . All welcome to share a story.


Production Manager, Circa (QLD). Apps close TODAY 16 May.
Marketing Coordinator, AusDance Victoria (VIC). Apps close 15 May.
Various roles, City of Greater Bendigo (VIC). Apps close from 21 May.
Senior Arts Broker Programs – Department of Tourism & Culture (NT). Apps close 21 May.
Director of Marketing & Communications, Circus Oz (VIC). Apps close 24 May.
PT Festival and Events Officer, City of Yarra (VIC). App close 24 May.
Artistic Director/CEO, Playwriting Australia (NSW). EOIs close 25 May.
Marketing & Audience Dev. Manager, La Boite Theatre Company (QLD). Apps close 25 May.
Business Manager, Urban Theatre Projects (NSW). Apps close 25 May.
Festival Producer, PuSh International Performing Arts Festival (CAN). Apps close 25 May.
Events Coordinator, Arts Programs, Carclew Youth Arts (SA). Apps close 28 May.
Marketing and Communications Officer, Art On The Move (WA). Apps close 28 May.
Program Manager – National Short Courses, NIDA Open (NSW). Apps close 29 May.
PT Events Coordinator, Footscray Community Arts Centre (VIC). Apps close 1 June.
Executive Director, Australian Festival of Chamber Music (QLD). Apps close 1 June.
Arts and Heritage Hub Director, Adelaide Hills Council (SA). Apps close 3 June.
Artistic Director, Tasdance (TAS). Apps close 12 June.
Various roles, Darwin Entertainment Centre (NT). Apps closing soon.
Executive Director/Co-CEO, St Martins Youth Arts Centre (VIC). Apps closing soon.


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